Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
There will be fireworks when Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyon square off against each other in the Ligue 1 derby. OM aim to build on back-to-back wins over Nantes and Reims, and they are surely capable of matching les Gones in front of home fans. Former Roma midfielder Gerson is pushing for a start after scoring a late winner at the weekend, while Dimitri Payet will almost certainly return to the starting line-up. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
Lyon, on the other hand, did well to crush Montpellier 5-2 in their last league fixture, with the team moving closer to the Conference League berth. Since Lyon will go for a win in Sunday’s derby as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. The bad news for the visiting side is that centre-back Damien da Silva has joined the likes of Denayer, Ndombele, Cherki, Caqueret, and Anthony Lopes in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Dimitri Payet):
Dimitri Payet was born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion on 29 March 1987, but he joined Le Havre’s famous youth academy in 1999 and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise. The attacking midfielder started his professional career at Nantes, but top French clubs soon started casting admiring glances his way and he went on to represent Saint Etienne, Lille and Marseille, becoming one of Ligue 1’s leading footballers.
However, it was the move to West Ham that placed Payet on the map as the Frenchman enjoyed a brilliant start to his career in England, making the PFA Player of the Year Shortlist. Some excellent performances in the Premier League persuaded France coach Didier Deschamps to reinstate Payet into his starting line-up and the midfielder paid the coach back with some scintillating displays on international stage.
Excellent with the ball at his feet and very dangerous from set pieces, Payet quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top midfielders, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and other top clubs now after his signature.
Highlighted Team (Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympique Lyonnais is the French club which play their games at the Parc Olimpique Lyonnais with a capacity just a pinch short of 60,000. Lyon is one of the most popular clubs in France with a vast fan base on par with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille.
The club achieved moderate success during the 1960s and 1970s led by the likes of Bernard Lacombe and Jean Djorkaeff, while the golden era of the French side came at the start of the new millennium when Lyon began to achieve greater success both in France and on the international level.
It was not until 2002 that Lyon won their first ever Ligue 1 title which sparked an ongoing national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles. During that time Lyon were regular participants of the UEFA Champions League. The French club reached quarter-finals on two occasions, while they even played in the semi-finals in the 2009-10 season.